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MONDAY, November 16, 2009

Online surveillance photos help ID El Cajon criminals

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EL CAJON, Calif. (CBS 8) - The News 8 CrimeFighters need your help to identify a handful of suspected credit card thieves. El Cajon police have posted surveillance photos online, hoping somebody will recognize these criminals and come forward.

When a thief rips off a credit card, it doesn't take him long to try and use it. More often than not, the crime is captured on surveillance video.

"Almost all establishments nowadays, including ATMs, have surveillance built into them for this reason," El Cajon Police Lt. Steve Shakowski said.

The El Cajon Police Department has started posting surveillance photos of suspects on their website, hoping to identify the criminals like a couple accused of opening a fraudulent credit card account and using the fake card at Walmart on College Avenue. Neither suspect has been identified.

In another case, a woman was caught on tape at a Walmart in Grossmont Center. She's suspected of ATM fraud. Another woman caught on tape used a stolen credit card at three different Target stores, all in the same day.

Police say if your credit card gets stolen, report it right away.

"The first thing you should do is call the bank or credit card company and let them know your credit card has been stolen. They close the cards and the account," Lt. Shakowski said.

The man in one surveillance video has already been identified. Cameras at a 7-11 convenience store on Main Street in El Cajon captured his image as he used a stolen credit card. He's 24-year-old Hussein Ibrahim. A police officer recognized him from surveillance photos.

"It's a very foolish crime. You're going to get identified. You're going to get arrested and you're going to be prosecuted," Lt. Shakowski said.

If you recognize any of these suspects, police want to hear from you.



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